published Monday, April 11th, 2011

Masters golf tradition continues at Augusta

Former champion Phil Mickelson, back, helps Charl Schwartzel of South Africa with his green Masters jacket after winning the Masters  golf tournament Sunday. AP Photo by Charlie Riedel
Former champion Phil Mickelson, back, helps Charl Schwartzel of South Africa with his green Masters jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday. AP Photo by Charlie Riedel

AUGUSTA, Ga.—The Masters golf tournament bills itself as a “tradition unlike any other.”

Charl Schwartzel’s memorable win Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club ranks among the most dramatic dating back to 1934. Schwartzel was one of eight players who held at least a share of the lead on the back nine Sunday at Augusta, when the tournament traditionally is decided.

“This is a dream for me, and the highlight of my golf career by a long shot,” Schwartzel said shooting a final-round 66. “Sometimes I had to remember to breathe.”

On the 50th anniversary of fellow South African Gary Player becoming the first non-American to win the Masters, Schwartzel made birdie on each of the last four holes to secure a two-shot win. He won his first major championship with a final score of 14-under-par 274. Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second at 12-under.

Schwartzel and the rest of the field moved up the leader board after third-round leader Rory McIlroy stumbled. McIlroy, a 21-year-old Irishman, owned a four-shot lead at Sunday’s sunrise but was out of contention when the late afternoon shadows descended on the course.

“You know, I’m disappointed at the minute,” said McIlroy, who shot an 80 Sunday and fell into a tie for 15th. “I’m sure I will be for the next few days, but I’ll get over it. I’ll have plenty more chances.”

Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods appeared early to have a chance to add to his 14 major titles, but a balky putter on the back nine left Woods tied for fourth with two others at 10 under par.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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